EXADEP: The Spanish Proficiency Test
The EXADEP (Examen de Admision a Estudios de Posgrad) test is a graduate admission test required for admission to graduate and professional programs taught in Spanish. This test assesses the quantitative verbal and analytical reasoning skills of the candidates who wish to go for graduate studies and scholarship programs in higher education institutions in Europe, Puerto Rico, the US and Latin America, where the language of instruction is Spanish.
To get the complete list of graduate institutions that accept EXADEP test scores, click here
Spanish-speaking pupils who want to go for graduate or professional studies undertake the EXADEP test. The EXADEP test is a paper-delivered test and administered seven times in a year in February, March, May, June, August, October and December.
EXADEP Test Structure
The EXADEP test comprises of five sections:
- Verbal Aptitude
- Written Expression
- Analytical Reasoning
Four parts of the test are conducted in Spanish and one part is conducted in English as a foreign language.
- Duration: 4 hours and 5 minutes
This section requires candidate’s to understand the written material, produce information from it and find out the relationship between different parts of the given sentences. This section has 2 parts:
- Part 1 comprises sentence completion, antonyms and analogies.
- Part 2 includes reading comprehension
The verbal aptitude questions are based on three subject areas: natural sciences, humanities and social sciences.
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Number of questions: 90
This section assesses the mathematical knowledge and skills. The basic mathematical concepts and the ability to solve problems quantitatively are tested based on algebra, geometry and algebra at a general level.
- Duration: 40 minutes
- Number of questions: 40
This section assesses the analytical thinking skills. In this section, candidates are required to draw inference and think logically based on a partially set scenario.
- Duration: 40 minutes
- No. of questions: 25
This section assesses the ability to identify the language use that is vital to a finished writing piece which would be accepted by many writers of Spanish and educated readers. This section has two parts:
- Part 1 is use of language
- Part 2 is sentence correction
Candidates are required to recognize the language use and correct the sentences in the finished writing piece.
- Duration: 30 minutes
- No. of questions: 50
This section requires the candidates to understand the written text and synthesize information received from it and find out the relationship between different parts of the sentences given. This section has two parts:
- Part 1 includes sentence completion and antonyms
- Part 2 includes reading comprehension
This section is in English as a foreign language.
- Duration: 45 minutes
- No. of questions: 50
Dates and Deadlines
The EXADEP test is held 7 times in a year in Latin America, the US, Europe and Puerto Rico. To know the dates and deadlines for EXADEP test, click here
Candidates are required to fill an EXADEP registration form. The registration form can be obtained by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Fill in the form completely, do not forget to put your signature and send it along with the required fees to the address mentioned on the registration form. Read the instructions carefully to fill the form and fill it accordingly.
Candidates who want to study at the following institutions must contact their respective admission office to know the EXADEP test registration process:
- Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico
- Universidad de los Andes
- Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan
- Universidad Adventista de Centroamerica, Alajuela, Costa Rica
- Universidad de Chile, Santiago
- Universidad de Montemorelos, Nueva Leon
- Universidad San Francisco de Quito
- Universidad Industrial de Santander
- Universidad de las Americas en Puebla
- Universidad Tecnica Particular de Lojas
When the ETS receives the payment and form, an approval email which has your name, address, test date and time, date of birth, instructions and test center will be sent by the ETS Puerto Rico office. On the test day, you’re required to carry a copy of this approval email in order to complete the registration.
Admission Ticket: After you receive the admission ticket, go through it carefully. Check whether all information is correct or not, and if there is any error found then notify it to the ETS Puerto Rico office. Fill the Change and Correction form
and send it to the ETS Puerto Rico office.
ETS Puerto Rico Office
Phone: 1-787-753-6363; 1-787-758-4598 (TTY)
Mailing address: American International Plaza
250 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 315
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918-1811
Candidates with Disability and Health-Related Needs
Such candidates in order to get special test accommodation are required to fill the testing accommodations request form.
The testing accommodations offered are: 18 pt. large-print test book, answer sheet, writer or reader for answers, oral or sign language interpreter, written instructions for spoken part only, and extended test time and break
Request for a special testing accommodation must be made prior to the test date. Candidates with health-related needs or disabilities are required to submit the following documents:
- Registration form
- Accommodation request form
- Test fee
- An evaluation from an authorized professional in the specific field, attesting the nature and disability, and the need for special arrangement
Once the ETS receives the documentation, after 2 weeks you will get a letter of determination. This is valid for 2 years, and can be mentioned when registering for other testing sessions.
To get the complete list of EXADEP test centers, click here
The EXADEP™ test is conducted at special test centers in Latin America, Europe and the US. There is an additional fee charge for special test center. To get the list of special test centers of EXADEP test, click here.
The fees vary ever year depending on the country where the exam is taken in-Latin America, Europe, or the US. To know the exact fees of EXADEP Test, click here
Acceptable Payment Forms
Candidates can pay the fees using any of the following:
- Credit/Debit Card: MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Visa, or Discover.
- Money Order
- Certified check: Check must include test taker name and registration number (which appears on the registration form), bank name and number, and the check date should not be more than 90 days old.
**All the payments must be made in US dollar.
Candidates can reschedule the test within same testing year by paying extra fee between, July-June, if they were not able to take the test on set date. Fill in a new registration form for rescheduling and submit it along with the old admission ticket.
Scoring and Results
EXADEP test scores are mailed in about 15 to 20 working days after the test conducted in March, August, February, May and October. Scores of the test held in June and December are mailed in 30 to 35 working days.
Scores are also mailed to the higher education institutions, mentioned by you on your registration form.Scoring of the test is a two-step process:
Range for each section: four a sub-scores on a 20–80 score scale, in one-point increments:
- Step 1: Calculation of raw score for each section
The raw scores are calculated based on a number of questions answered correctly.
- Step 2: Conversion to scaled scores
The computed raw scores are converted into the scaled score by a process called as “equating” The scaled scores are:
- Verbal aptitude
- Analytical reasoning and Mathematics
- Written expression
Total scaled score on a 200–800, in 1-point increments
Total score calculation: Each section score is multiplied by each section weight.
|| Section Score
| Section 1: Verbal Aptitude
| Sections 2 & 3: Mathematics and Analytical Reasoning
| Section 4: Written Expression
| Section 5: English
* Total score = 3.5A 2.5B 2.0C 2.0DOfficial Score Record:
Official score record is sent to the candidates. It includes your name, date of birth, address, gender, test date and EXADEP™ test score.
Test Day Essentials
- A valid identity card (Original and photocopy): Passport, province or state identity card, government-issued driver’s license, military or national identity card are accepted. Student identity card or identity confirmation letter from the candidates’ educational institution is also acceptable.
- Admission ticket
- Pen, pencil and eraser
To know more about the EXADEP test, visit the official website of the ETS